NSPCA accuse man of operating illegal rodeo

2014-03-18 15:15

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Cape Town – According to the National Council of SPCAs a case has been opened against Koos Dippenaar who is accused of operating an illegal rodeo that took place near Bloemfontein.

According to the NSPCA two organisers and Dippenaar are being charged in terms of the Animals Protection Act, the Performing Animals Protection Act (PAPA) and for contempt of Court.

Dippenaar himself has two other criminal cases against him that relate to fraud and illegal dog racing

The current case against Dippenaar states that he organised an illegal rodeo on 15 March in Dewetsdorp.

The NSPCA allege that Dippenaar defied a magisterial warrant which stated that the event could not take place without a PAPA licence and various conditions.

One such condition was the use of spurs and bucking straps on the animals.

The NSPCA state that at the rodeo bucking straps and spurs were used on the animals to provoke them which violates the Animals Protection Act.

A bull escaped the rodeo and ran into town.

Moreover all attempts to find the animal proved unsuccessful.

Grace de Lange, an inspector for the NSPCA says that certain bull’s tails were twisted and sand was kicked into the face of one of the bulls.

The NSPCA also state that one bull was dragged out of the rodeo arena using a rope around its neck.

NSPCA staff present at the rodeo had a warrant that showed the event was illegal but police officers tried to persuade the NSPCA to allow the rodeo to continue and press charges later.

It suggested that the off duty officers were too afraid to stop the rodeo or face the wrath of the crowd attending.

“Attempts by the NSPCA personnel to obtain assistance and support from local and regional SAPS to enforce the warrant were unsuccessful.”
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